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Arts Diary: New songs with the old Durham magic; Music review: Judith Durham,Southport Theatre.

Byline: STAN WOOLLEY

LIVING legend Judith Durham made history as Australia's first international pop princess when she was lead singer with 1960s supergroup The Seekers. Now,after seven years, she is back in the UK for a series of solo concerts and, as well as old Seekers'favourites,her repertoire includes several excellent new songs from her latest album, Colours of My Life.

Accompanied throughout the show by two very versatile synthesizers played by Brent Rosenberg and Michael Harding, Ms Durham opened with a delightful version of This Is My Song which was fol-lowed by Carol King's You'veGot a Friend.

With Banana Rag,one of her own compositions, she reminded us that she started off as a jazz singer -and a good one at that as she proved with blues drenched performances of After You've Gone,A Closer Walk With Thee and We Shall Not Be Moved.

She also turned in a well sung medley of 1950s songs which had influenced her, including It's Impossible.

There was also a memorable version of Body and Soul.

Although we heard Seekers' songs like Georgie Girl and There Will Never BeAnother You,Ms Durham has moved on since then and her latter-day songs have a strong spiritual and philosophical ring about them.

Many have been inspired by the loss of her husband and musical director Ron Edgeworth from Motor Neurone Disease in 1994.

Two,however, standout above the rest, When Starlight Fades and It's Hard to Leave which were movingly performed.

A talented and unpretentious artist, Judith Durham delighted a very receptive audience with two hours of magical music and song.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2003
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